Lillian F. Whitsel Barger Claphan, 84, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. She was born Oct. 14, 1930, at Great Bend, the daughter of George and Frances (Koelsch) Whitsel, Sr.
Virginia K. Hogsett, 79, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at her home in Great Bend. She was born May 5, 1935, at Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Elon Chester "Chief" and Mabel Edith (Wilson) Hogsett.
MANHATTAN - Raydon H. Robel, 72, of Manhattan, died Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Mercy Regional Heath Center in Manhattan.
WICHITA - R. Duane Kraft, 85, died Dec. 30. He was born Feb. 2, 1929, in Salina, to Leo and Edna Kraft. At an early age, the family moved to Hoisington where Duane attended local schools. Upon graduation, he proudly served in the 216th Chemical Division of the U.S. Army. Following his service, he returned to Hoisington where he worked with his father in the family business, Kraft Shoe Store. He later worked and retired from Kansas Brick & Tile as a salesman.
VALLEY CENTER - Carolyn Marie (Black) Crisler, 50, passed away on Dec. 26, 2014. Born in Newton, she was the daughter of Carl Fredrick Black and Louise (Cotton) Black. She was a Fuller Brush employee.
ELLINWOOD - Leda Grace Janke passed away Dec. 11, 2014, in Aurora, Colo. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Claflin.
RUSSELL - Doris Amelia Steinert, 83, of Russell, died Dec. 29, 2014, at the Ellsworth County Medical Center in Ellsworth. A celebration of Doris's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. John Lutheran Church in Russell. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at the mortuary, with family present to greet guests from 6-7 p.m. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
HUTCHINSON - Mary J. Birzer, 98, passed away on Dec. 28, at Hospice House. Born Dec. 4, 1916, in Odin, she was the daughter of Alois F. and Regina (Hermann) Prosser. She attended school at Holy Family School in Odin. On May 17, 1938, she married Martin Birzer in Odin. He passed away on Dec. 3, 2003. Mary retired in 1980 after 24 years at Dillons.
DeAngelo Carlos Ludin Ortiz, 1 month, 15 days, died Dec. 29 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born Nov. 14, 2014, at Great Bend, he was the son of Yolanda Ortiz.
SALINA - Delbert Earl Deckert, 85, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, at his home in Salina. Delbert was born April 4, 1929, in Great Bend, the son of Ivan and Sylvia (Williams) Deckert. He graduated from Great Bend Senior High School in 1947, and served in the army with the 216th Chemical Corps Service in December 1950 as part of the Korean War.
Lillian F. Claphan, 84, died Dec. 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
Ida Helena Galyardt, 104, died Dec. 29 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. Born Nov. 13, 1910 at Russell County, she was the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Voos) Voos.
BUSHTON - Rosemary (Feigenspan) Janssen, 86, died Dec. 22 at her home in Bushton. Born April 9, 1928, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Thomas and Opal E. (Fair) Keegan. Living most her life in the Bushton area, she was a homemaker.
LARNED - Richard Glenn DeBolt, 60, died Dec. 22 at Hays Medical Center in Hays. He was born July 14, 1954, at Chanute, to Charles Robert and Joyce D. (Ross) DeBolt. A Larned resident, he was a security guard at Larned State Hospital.
Charles L. "Charlie" Crouse, 73, died Dec. 21, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Nov. 20, 1941, in Great Bend, he was the son of Jennings Bryant "J.B." and Bertha (Reed) Crouse. On Aug. 26, 1967, he married Jean Rush in Nashua, N.H. A long-time resident of Great Bend, also living in Nashua, N.H., he was employed by Nashua, N.H. Police Department, a truck driver for Big A Auto Parts and was a CNA for Elder Care. He was a sports enthusiast and loved his family, especially his grandchildren and his dogs.
Joan Charles, 84, died Jan. 5, 2015, at her home in Great Bend. She was born Dec. 2, 1930, at Oswego, the daughter of Clyde and Evelyn (Claxton) Morain. She was a butcher at Don's Food Mart, Great Bend. Ms. Charles was a long-time Great Bend resident, also residing in McKinney, Texas, and Hutchinson.
CABIN JOHN, Md. - Lora Belle Renz passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland. She was born April 19, 1935, at St. Rose Hospital in Great Bend, to Arthur and Bessie (Nordman) Tammen of Albert. She grew up on a farm south of Albert and attended District II Country School.
LARNED - Troy Dean Davis, 43, passed away Jan. 16, 2015, at his home in Larned. He was born Jan. 3, 1972, in Great Bend, the son of Jerrold Dale and Sheryl Lynn Suchy Davis. A lifetime area resident, he was a service technician at Harper Camper Land in Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - Robert Frank James, 83, died Jan. 15, 2015 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.